*Scores for Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg are from the 2022 OOFOS USA Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 5, 2022) — Wednesday, U.S. all-around bronze medalist Asher Hong (Tomball, TX/Stanford University), reigning pommel horse world champion Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./Penn State University) and parallel bars silver medalist in the United States Walker foal (Cedar Park, TX/Stanford University) were named to the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships five-man squad after two days of high-flying competition at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs . They join the individual world medalists Brody Malone (Aragon, Georgia/Stanford University) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics), who earned team spots in August based on their performances at the OOFOS USA Gymnastics Championships.
Of the six gymnasts vying for team selection at camp this week, Walker’s 167.300 over two days led the all-around competitors, while Hong’s Day 1 84.600 was the highest all-around total in a single session. The senior freshman delivered a near-perfect Ri Se Gwang jump on Monday to earn the top score of 15.200 on apparatus. His Day 1 14.300 on stationary rings also set the bar very high. Walker notched the top two scores on parallel bars (15.000, 14.850) and Nedoroscik impressed on his signature apparatus with competition scores of 14.450 and 15.100.
Yul Moldau (Wellington, Colo./5280 Gymnastics) will be traveling with the team as a replacement athlete. The 2020 Olympian’s 14.450 paved the way for floor exercise, where he won bronze at the 2017 World Championships. Current NCAA all-around champion Paul Judah (Deerfield, IL/University of Michigan) topped the horizontal bar field with a 14.050. Him and the Olympian Shane Wiskus (Spring Park, Minn./United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center) were named non-travelling replacement athletes.
The 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will take place from October 29 to November 6 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. The top three teams will secure their country a spot in the team competition at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The American men are scheduled to qualify on Monday, October 31 with Subdivision 1, starting at 4:30 a.m. ET.